Graduation 2013 by Keith Horan, PJ6
The students of Dún Laoghaire Further Education Institute gathered in the Royal Marine Hotel on Thursday 10th October to celebrate their annual graduation awards ceremony.
Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Eamon Gilmore TD, was on hand to present the students with their awards and to offer his congratulations on their graduation.
He told those in attendance of the important of "education as a permanent feature of our lives", and how it was a "great personal achievement to see a course through". The Tánaiste also reserved words of appreciation for the staff of DFEi, and also to parents, family and friends, who he said "helped to bring graduates where they are today." Mr Gilmore's words or praise was echoed by another guest speaker, Paddy Lavelle, CEO of the Dublin and Dún Laoghaire Education Training Board. Mr Lavelle told the students gathered of the pride they should have in graduating, and how a day like this was "a reward for the long hours" put into their courses during the year, which has started graduated "on their own yellow brick road".
Over 650 students and guests were on hand to receive their certificates and awards for graduating from the 2012/13 academic year.
DFEi Principal, Cecilia Munro, spoke proudly of the students' achievement, telling then that it was "commendable that you saw the task through". While the ceremony was centred around the students' academic achievement, Ms Munro also discussed their involvement in the DFEi's many social activities such as the Student Council trip to Glendalough, participation in the Google Online Marketing Challenge, and the gig to launch the Fuse student album.